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Collection TitleCL 136 United Baptist Church CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin, Kristen Goble
Date Completed:December 2014
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by the United Baptist Church in 2011. 
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Churches, Baptist


Official recognition of First Baptist Church took place in 1829.  The first church building went up in 1830 on land donated by Geoffrey Wisner.  Membership grew steadily in the church and by 1847 it became necessary to build a second, larger edifice.  Also in 1847, escaped slave John W. Jones came to Elmira and began his fifty years of service as Sexton for First Baptist Church.  In 1892, the church spent over $70,000 on a third and final building, which still stands today. 


Southside Baptist Church began around 1888 when residents of the south side of Elmira opened their homes for Friday evening prayer meetings.  Soon, attendance at these meetings warranted the building of a permanent church home.  In 1891 the Baptist Mission Sunday School was formed and Wednesday evening prayer meetings were held in a rented store on the corner of Pennsylvania and South Avenues.  Three years later Southside Baptist Church was officially organized.  In 1895 the lot where the temporary church was located was bought and construction on the church building began.  An addition was built in 1953 to accommodate the flourishing membership.


First Baptist Church and Southside Baptist Church combined around 2011 and now form United Baptist Church.


The United Baptist Chuch Collection is broken down into several series.

Series I: First Baptist Church Membership Files - Church membership files, 1950s-2000s, featuring genealogical information, newspaper clippings and photographs.

Series II: First Baptist Church Collection - Church administrative documents, annual reports, programs, newsletters, photographs and assorted documents.

Series III: Southside Baptist Church Collection - Church administrative documents, programs, photographs and assorted documents. 

Extent13 linear feet
Date Span1829-2009
AbstractThis collection contains the records of the First and Southside Baptist Churches of Elmira.  From the First Baptist Church, it includes membership files, programs, newsletters, photographs and miscellaneous records.  From the Southside Baptist Church, the collection includes programs, newsletters, photographs, newspaper clippings and miscellaneous records.   

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Southside Baptist Church Files
Budget - Southside Baptist Church; 1959.BudgetO3001
Correspondence - Letter written by Henry Storch; November 15, 1955.CorrespondenceO3002
Blueprints - Southside Baptist Church sanctuary floor plan.BlueprintsO3003
Document - Southside Baptist Church Board of Trustees notes on Christian Education program.DocumentO3004
Bulletin - Southside Baptist Church bulletin: February 25, 1959; March 25, 1959; April 1, 1959; April 5, 1959; April 12, 1959.BulletinO3005
Document - Southside Baptist Church report and recommendations for fire insurance coverage; 1954.DocumentO3006
Memo - From R. Clifton Kamp regarding locations of new Southside Baptist Church signs; May 2, 1959. MemoO3007
Document - Proposal to Southside Baptist Church regarding music direction.DcumentO3008
Report - Southside Baptist Church Trustees Planning Committee; June 16, 1958.ReportO3009
Pamphlet - The City Rescue Mission.PamphletO3010
Document - Southside Baptist Church agreement with Albert Olsen, Broker for purchase of 853 Broadway; August 24, 1958.DocumentO3011
Document - Instructions and prices for repairs for Southside Baptist Church from Horton's Paint Store.DocumentO3012
Report - Southside Baptist Church Board of Trustees; October 1, 1959.ReportO3013
Meeting Minutes - Southside Baptist Church Board of Trustees; January 16, 1958-December 17, 1959.MinutesO3014
Directory - Southside Baptist Church Board of Trustees.DirectoryO3015
Directory - Southside Baptist Church officers.DirectoryO3016
Flyer - Southside Baptist Church "Music in the Evening".FlyerO3017
Certificate - Southside Baptist Church Notice of Compliance with Worker's Compensation Law; January 1, 1994-January 1, 1995.CertificateO3101
Agreement - Southside Baptist Church Minister-Church Agreement; January 1-December 3, 1996.AgreementO3102
Letter - From Erik Funch to the congregation of Southside Baptist Church regarding his resignation.LetterO3103
Agreement - Director of Christian Education and Southside Baptist Church; January 1, 1995-1997.AgreementO3104
Document - Covenant and the Code of Ethics for Professional Church Leaders of the American Baptist Churches in the USA; 1987.Document O3105
Manual - Southside Baptist Church Sunday School Organizational Policies and Programs; April 1991.ManualO3201
Budget - Southside Baptist Church and Youth Ministry Budget Proposal; 1996-2000.BudgetO3202
Document - Southside Baptist Church Information Survey; September 2000.DocumentO3203
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